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UBC Exchange Residence Achieves LEED Gold Certification

September 26, 2022

We’re thrilled to announce that UBC Exchange Residence has achieved a LEED® Gold Certification.

UBC Exchange Residence, located in the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver B.C., is an innovative transit-oriented project that has been developed to create a new 650-bed student residence built on a two-storey podium over the second-busiest TransLink bus exchange in the Lower Mainland, whilst developing a sustainably designed building system.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is a Canadian rating system promoted by the Canada Green Building Council to encourage the development of more sustainable buildings in the country. LEED® focuses on 7 Energy & Environmental Design concepts: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Regional Priority.

Based on all 7 LEED® concepts, UBC Exchange Residence has achieved the desired score to earn a LEED® Certification at the Gold Level. Developed on a “build up, rather than out” solution, the four buildings of the residence allowed for more outdoor green space and landscaping. It also incorporates special wood treatments throughout the building, compact yet functional student living spaces, and invites daylighting and views in social spaces, all to create a comfortable, livable, and sustainably designed student environment.

Congratulations to the whole team of collaborators that worked together to achieve this remarkable certification.